In the sports world, there's always a lot made about players going up against their former teams.
It happens all the time, especially with free agency so popular in every major sport now.
But a head coach going up against his former team is quite a big difference, especially when he led that team to four straight playoff appearances and 38 regular-season victories over the last three seasons.
Despite the nautral storyline of John Fox facing the Denver Broncos, everybody from both teams downplayed the notion that this game meant anything more for either side.
"He made this about us, not him," Bears rookie defensive tackle Eddie Goldman said after the Broncos' 17-15 victory.
"He came in the same fun-loving coach," Bears cornerback Tracy Porter said. "Cool, calm and collected. Just another game on the schedule. Maybe behind closed doors, he was amped up for it, but he showed nothing outside of the norm with us.
"He just wanted to come in and execute and we didn't do a good job of that for him."
Even Fox refused to talk much about it, answering a question about his personal feelings on facing his former team by simply saying, "There are more guys to say 'hi' to after the game."
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Fox led the Broncos to a 12-4 record last season before losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs. He left for Chicago after the season to take over for the departed Marc Trestman.
The Broncos came into Sunday's tilt with a 7-2 record, but had dropped both of their last two games as Peyton Manning was injured and the offense kept putting the NFL's top defense in tough positions.
For the Broncos, they were worried more about the outcome of the game for their own peace of mind (especially with Manning out and Brock Osweiler making his first NFL start) and for the playoff race than they were focused on beating their former coach.
"I didn't even notice him, honestly," Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman said. "The win was more important than playing against Fox. That's the bottom line.
"It was more about the team getting the win rather than getting the win against him."